South Sudan’s President Refuses to Endorse Peace Deal as Deadline Passes

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir today refrained from endorsing an internationally backed peace deal aimed at ending almost two years of war between his government and rebel forces loyal to Riek Machar, his former vice president.

Representatives of the two leaders had been discussing the deal in Ethiopia’s capital of Addis Ababa since August 6, working on a resolution that would forestall the threat of increased sanctions from the United States, likely through the United Nations or the European Union.

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